In his notes on Romans, Wesley writes of righteous living as a call to “avoid all unnecessary [involvement] with” those who cause divisions (Notes, 16:17). We avoid evil because it injures us and brings dissension, which is harmful to the unity of the church. Where there is gossip, willful distortion of facts, or false accusations, the whole body suffers. Evil waters the seed of destruction. Righteous living raises spiritual discernment questions: Whom do I follow in leadership? Whose leadership should I avoid? If we are not wise, the danger is that we will become no different than those we should avoid.
Study Bible pg 1382